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A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 11: Michael Jackson Thriller nail art

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Hiya! I know it’s been a while but I wanted to post another Cuteberry Nail Challenge post. This is why I will never do another nail challenge, I am just not dedicated enough! (I’ve been doing this challenge for about, what, five months now!?) So this is day 11 and it’s inspired by your favourite music video. I’ve always loved Michael Jackson so deciding to do something inspired by Thriller was pretty obvious for me.

Thriller nail art by Dry, Dammit!MJ photo courtesy of mjworld.net

Thriller nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Thriller nail art by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see I’ve done it a bit “abstract” again, but that’s the way I roll. So my thumb and pinky are inspired by MJ’s eyes at the end of the Thriller video and the red and black design on my pointer, middle and ring fingers are inspired by the red jacket with deep V MJ wears. I get it, I hope you do too!

Polishes I used:

  • Revlon All Fired Up (red)
  • essence Little Miss Sunrise (yellow)
  • BYS nail striper in black

So what do you think? Too far out? I just don’t think I could have managed to draw little Michaels on all my fingers though, sorry. Thanks for reading!


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Throwback Thursday with ulta3: Sunset Pink, Copper & Tahitian Lime stripes nail art

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Hello! Tonight I bring you some nail art using some older ulta3 polishes. I say older but really I just mean not from any “recent” collections (roughly 12 months). They’re not too old to be honest, you can still find them all about. The Heat Group recently sent me four ulta3 polishes: Sunset Pink, Copper, Tahitian Lime and Silver Glitter. I decided to use the first three as nail art in a Throwback Thursday post to share the love of ulta3.

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I decided to do simple stripes, with the twist being that it’s slightly more to one side rather than just through the middle, if you know what I mean. I just like that one one side it looks like a solid colour:

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

But on the other side it’s “Whoa! A rainbow of colour!” What fun, hey!?:

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

 

ulta3 Sunset Pink, Copper and Tahitian Lime stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really like this colour combo too of the pink, green and copper together. I never would have thought of it . I wore it for three days and got a few compliments on it at work, so I was very happy. I think people at work are used to me wearing nail polish now and usually don’t say anything, so it’s nice to get some kind of reaction. And can you believe what you see here is just one coat of each colour!? I know, great, hey? It was a super quick and fun look to create so go do it I say! Thanks for reading!


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Myer Miss Shop All Right Archie!

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Hiya! Tonight I bring you a glitter top coat from Myer Miss Shop called All Right Archie! In Myer I’ve usually skipped the Miss Shop range of nail polishes because they’re typically cremes. Well, not this time around. They’ve got a few glitters now and All Right Archie! was one of them so I picked it up. I also picked up another polish called Anton’s Angels, which is more of a pink shimmer, but more of that in another post. What you see below is one dabbed coat (yes! I know, the glitter pay off is awesome) over two coats of essence Free Hugs. I then topped it with Revlon Matte Top Coat, which I hadn’t used until now, and it’s a pretty decent matte top coat I have to say. I really like the look of glitter with matte, I think it’s something to do with the glitter seeming to be “trapped” in the matte, if that makes sense.

Myer Miss Shop All Right Archie! over essence Free Hugs with Revlon Matte Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Myer Miss Shop All Right Archie! over essence Free Hugs with Revlon Matte Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Myer Miss Shop All Right Archie! over essence Free Hugs with Revlon Matte Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Myer Miss Shop All Right Archie! over essence Free Hugs with Revlon Matte Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Ahh, so pretty. I probably don’t need to state it, but All Right Archie is a clear base with small pink, red and purple glitters, large gold and silver diamonds and gold and silver hexes. Since the glitter pay off is so good, it looks a bit complicated without being so in real life, ha ha ha. Although not a thick top coat, the matte top coat worked fine in terms of being smooth once dry; the glitters aren’t difficult to manage at all. Removal was a cinch to with the foil method for about three minutes.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Myer
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter topper, so wear some undies!

Have you picked up any Myer Miss Shop polishes? I’d like to know what the cremes are like. Thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing & studs nail art

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Evening! Usually I like to bring you a nail polish and then add some nail art to it afterwards but as soon as I put Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing on I knew I wanted to add an accent nail that captured the fluro colours. White Icing is a gorgeous polish from Sportsgirl that I picked up when I bought Chunky Fluro. This one has glitters in a creamy white base though, rather than it being just a glitter topper. Oh how I am loving glitters in white bases!

What you see below is two coats of White Icing with Seche and two coats of MODE Love Me with some neon studs I bought off eBay topped with Seche. I did a post about the studs here, if you want some more info. The formula of White Icing was pretty good. I was a bit nervous the second coat would cancel out the neon bits from the first coat, but it didn’t at all, it had a really good level of opacity (or transparency?). The neon glitters themselves are small pink hexes, medium green hexes and blue bars. Simple – yet effective – and looks like icing! I just realised I should do some cupcake nail art with it. Why didn’t I think of that earlier?

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Love Me was again difficult to photograph – in real life it looks much more fluro. Removal of White Icing was easy – I just used cotton buds for a few minutes, but if you used the foil method it would go faster.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I want to also apologise to my followers for not updating as regularly as I used to before my trip. I admit I have been totally lazy and I promise to kick things up a notch now that I’ve properly settled back into home and work life. My passion for all things nails is still going strong and I love hearing from you all so thanks for reading!


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New MODE polishes swatches and review: Love Me, Pocket Rocket, Nail-Holic and Influential Miss

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Hello! Yes, I am still alive, ha ha. Last week I bought an Opallac gel nail polish kit so I’ve been playing around with that. Follow me on Instagram for my updates!

MODE polishes: (from left) Nail-Holic, Love Me, Pocket Rocket and Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

Anywho, I did these swatches of the new MODE polishes I bought last week (above), so this post is a little overdue. In the past I’ve called MODE, Mode Cosmetics. With its new packaging the name Mode Cosmetics is removed and it’s just MODE as the name, so that’s why I’m referring to these as MODE… if you wanted to know that. I tend to over-explain some things! But let’s get into it! I have four polishes to show you and I explain each below.

Love Me

MODE Love Me by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Love Me by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Love Me by Dry, Dammit!

Now, let me tell you first I couldn’t capture the brightness of this pink very well. In person it is much more bright, almost neon. This is a beautiful creme polish opaque in two coats and I’ve topped it with Seche. The formula is a bit on the thick side, but it self-levels nicely. I’m surprised I didn’t need a white base to get such a vibrant colour.

Pocket Rocket

MODE Pocket Rocket by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Pocket Rocket by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Pocket Rocket by Dry, Dammit!

Pocket Rocket is clear-based glitter topper with holo flecks and pink, blue, silver and gold hearts, as well as pink and silver stars. What you see is two dabbed coats over Love Me above with a top coat of Seche. I had to really fish for this glitter though!

Nail-Holic

MODE Nail-Holic by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Nail-Holic by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Nail-Holic by Dry, Dammit!

This is one coat over one coat of ulta3 Lily White with Seche and GOSH Matt Effect Top Coat. The matte is one the middle and pinky fingers and the Seche is on the pointer and ring fingers. Nail-Holic has a great glitter pay off; I was quite impressed. It’s a clear-based glitter topper with hex glitters of three sizes in pink, orange, silver, blue, green and teal.

Influential Miss

MODE Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

I was looking forward to Influential Miss the most, but it turns out the formula is really runny. I have curved nails so it would slide down the sides of my nails making clean-up really difficult! The second layer was OK though as it would “stick” to the first layer, I guess. But anyway this is three coats with Seche. On my ring finger I did three coats over one coat ulta3 Glamourpuss with Seche. As it’s a fine silver glitter in a clear base I found it difficult to clean-up in general, hence why there’s some random glitter pieces about!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics
  • Cost: AU$2.45 or two for AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml

So have you seen these MODE polishes about? There’s a few more too that I didn’t pick up, but I might next time. Thanks for reading!


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Kmart lips & tips nail polish in Big Bird & Candy Rock and feather effect nail art

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Hello! Tonight I have some new polishes from Kmart to show you. If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed I picked up two polishes recently from Kmart that I believe are its home brand called lips & tips after Kmart went through a major revamp of its make-up section (it now only has make-up products in packages – no testers, no random bottles etc; everything hanging from a hook in its own packet). While I don’t like the fact everything now is individually packaged, I do like that it’s a lot easier to find what you want because the displays haven’t been ransacked, which I think is one of the big reasons behind the change. That, and shrinkage of course (ie. shoplifting). And while I’m going on about the revamp I should say Kmart will also soon stock e.l.f – so keep an eye out! How exciting.

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird and Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can see above I picked up two polishes, both AU$3 each, called Big Bird and Candy Rock. Big Bird is a feather effect polish, while Candy Rock is a leather effect polish. On the back of each of their packets it explains how to apply the polish and on both it says to apply a top coat. This is fine for the feather effect polish, but for the leather effect polish I would recommend to not apply a top coat otherwise the effect is spoilt! So I think that is a slight mistake on behalf of the big K.

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Candy Rock was very easy to apply and what you see here is two coats without top coat, although I think I should have used another coat as it is slightly sheer. I do really like the effect of the polish and I feel it was worth it, but this polish just took so long to dry! Once it was on though it wasn’t coming off. I wore it for two days without any chips at all. The biggest bummer of this polish though is the awful smell – it really, really reeks. It’s very overpowering when you apply it, and I found myself holding my breath. It just smells really cheap. Once dried the smell goes away though.

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird by Dry, Dammit!

Big Bird was nice like Candy Rock to apply. What you see is two coats over one coat essence Ultimate Pink with a top coat of Seche. This did reek like Candy Rock, but not as much. I’m not sure what made this smell “less bad”. This lasted a full two days as well. It dried like any normal polish.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three (for Candy Rock; Big Bird is a glitter top coat so will need undies!)

I decided to do some simple nail art using Big Bird and below is what I came up with. The studs are from essence’s Dark Romance Collection. I did two dabbed coats of Big Bird over one coat ulta3 Acapulco Bliss, but looking at it now I probably should have done more to make the lines look a bit more thick. Oh well.

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Overall I’m not sure how I feel about the Kmart polishes. They do the job but I don’t like that they’re stinky and with Kmart’s buying record I’m not 100% about the conditions in which they’re made. On the package it says made in PRC and that’s it, save for the ingredients. I would like to think they’re made ethically for both animals and humans. I’m probably not buying another lips & tips polish for a while. Thanks for reading!


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Essie Jamaica Me Crazy

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Today I’ve got Essie Jamaica Me Crazy to show you. This is one of the two Essies I own, the other being Fair Game. I think the colour is a few years old now too, I’ve seen reviews of it from 2011. Essie is now sold at Priceline in Australia so it’s pretty accessible now, the only problem being it comes with a way over-the-top price that really doesn’t inspire me to buy more – AU$16.95.

But, moving on. Jamaica Me Crazy is a magenta shimmer polish. It really does have a pretty shimmer to it. What you see below is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Essie Jamaica Me Crazy by Dry, Dammit!

Essie Jamaica Me Crazy by Dry, Dammit!

This is a really pretty summery polish to wear. Plus, it has a totally different look from the other shimmers I have, I think the shine to it is more “neater”, if that’s a thing at all. The polish was also easy peasy to apply.

Essie Jamaica Me Crazy by Dry, Dammit!

Essie Jamaica Me Crazy by Dry, Dammit!

Essie Jamaica Me Crazy by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$16.95
  • Volume: 13.5ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

If you follow me (click the link or search for @drydammit) on Instagram I showed you these nails last week. Sorry I didn’t bring them to you sooner, since then I’ve had a bout of gastro and have felt really under the weather. Back to work tomorrow though so (fingers crossed) I should be alright. Also, you may have noticed I cut the length of my nails! I had to, the breakage on my right hand was starting to annoy me. I just have two pesky nails that love to break. I have also since trimmed them right down and made them more oval as opposed to square. I hope you like them when you see them next. Thanks for reading!